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Charles Angoff

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Charles Angoff, Russian author, educator. Recipient Humanitarian award Becton Society of Fairleigh Dickinson U. and Knights of Malta, 1973; fellow Boston University Libraries, 1964-1979; Ellis Island award for significant contributions to adopted country, 1977. member editorial board Nation, 1935-1936; Fellow Jewish Academy Arts and Sciences; member Poetry Society American (president 1969-1972).


Angoff, Charles was born on April 22, 1902 in Minsk, Russia. Son of Jacob Joseph and Anna (Pollack) Angoff.


Came to the United States, 1909, naturalized, 1923. Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University. Doctor of Letters, Fairleigh Dickinson U., 1966.


1 daughter, Nancy Carol Angoff Gallin. Newspaperman on Boston papers, 1923. Assistant editor American Mercury, 1925-1931, managing editor, 1931-1934, editor, 1934-1935.

Member editorial board Nation, 1935-1936. Editor American Spectator, 1936. Contributing editor N. American Review, 1938-1940.

American commentator The Living Age, 1938-1940. Managing editor American Mercury, 1943-1950. Executive editor Mercury Publs.

1950-1951; advisory editor True Crime Detective, 1950-1951. Managing editor Book of Wit and Humor, 1950-1951. Lecturer English, U. Kansas City, 1949, 50.

Lecturer U. N.H., 1951-1961. Adjunct Professor of English, Wagner College, 1955-1956. Professor of English, Fairleigh Dickinson U., 1954-1976, chief editor Fairleigh Dickinson U. Press, 1967-1976.

Adjunct Professor literature New York University, 1958-1966. Advisor Jewish Book Guild, 1949-1976, Marquis Biographical Society, 1969. Scholar-in-residence U. Vermont, 1976, visiting Professor of English, 1977-1978.

Visiting Professor of English, Yeshiva U., 1975-1979.


  • Author: A Literary History of the American People, vols. I and II, 1931

  • Palestrina, Savior of Church Music, 1944. (play) Something to Sing About (produced Pasadena Playhouse), 1940.

    (play) Moment Musical (produced New York City), 1943. Adventures in Heaven (short stories), 1945, 2d edition., 1970. The Book of Libel, 1946, 2d edition., 1970.

    When I Was a Boy in Boston (short stories), 1947, 2d edition., 1970. The Fathers of Classical Music, 1947, 2d edition., 1970. Journey to the Dawn, 1951.

    In the Morning Light (Daroff Fiction award), 1953. The Sun at Noon, 1955. Something About My Father and Other People, 1956.

    Half-Life Mencken, A Portrait from Memory, 1956. Between Day and Dark, 1959. The Bitter Spring, 1961.

    Summer Storm, 1963

  • The Tone of the Twenties, 1966. The Bell of Time, 1966. Memory of Autumn (Daroff Fiction award), 1968.

    Memoranda for Tomorrow, 1969. (novel) Winter Twilight (Author award New Jersey Association Teachers English), 1970. (novel) Season of Mists (Author award New Jersey Association Teachers English), 1971.

    (poems) Prayers at Midnight (Author award New Jersey Association Teachers English), 1971. (novel) Mid-Century, 1974. Editor: Arsenal for Skeptics (pen name Richard W. Hinton), 1934.

    Stradivari, The Violin Maker (Helen Tinyanova), 1938. (with Joseph Hilton Smyth) The World Over, 1939. (with Leon Bryce Bloch) The World Over, 1940.

    (with Lawrence E. Spivak) The American Mercury Reader, 1944. The World of George Jean Nathan, 1952. (with Clarence R. Decker) Modern Stories from Many Lands, 1963, sole editor, 2d edition., 1972.

    The Humanities in the Age of Science, 1968. George Sterling: A Centenary Memoir, 1969. (with Myer Levin) The Rise of American Jewish Literature, 1970.

    William Carlos Williams, 1972. Jonathan Edwards, 1974. The Concept of Freedom as Reflected in American-Jewish Literature, 1975.

    (novel) Toward the Horizon, 1978. Editor: The Literature Review, 1957-1976.


Member editorial board Nation, 1935-1936. Fellow Jewish Academy Arts and Sciences. Member Poetry Society American (president 1969-1972).


Married Sara F. Freedman, June 13, 1943.

Jacob Joseph Angoff

Anna (Pollack) Angoff

Sara F. Freedman